Think of the best daddy in the entire world, someone kind, generous, patient, loving, fun, always present and gentle. That would simply be a feeble beginning of understanding who truly God the Father is.
For some odd reason, God the Father has been portrayed, either in some paintings and in certain circles (Religions) as an angry old man with a big white beard. Sort of a mean cousin of Santa Claus. That image of the Father is simply not true. The Father is Spirit. No form to speak of. He is also the Father of Jesus of Nazareth.
For those who believe in the Son and his work on the cross, God the Father becomes“our” Father. In that relationship, we are overwhelmed by His perfect intense love for us.
The Father longs to have children… the more the better. He wants us to be with Christ in glory, in His own dwelling (house) once we leave this earth. In fact, His love has nothing to do with our condition or our own personality. You see, He loves us perfectly, regardless of who we are and what we have done. The only thing He requires on our part is faith in the sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross. And He will not impose Himself on us. He leaves us totally free to accept the work of His Son. (Here, we are not addressing the subject of “Predestination” nor the work of the “Holy Spirit”) .
In creation, God is the God of all of us. In redemption, God is the Father of the redeemed.
In time and space, the Father sent His Son, the Christ, to find a way to “redeem” us (to save us). That was done when Jesus bore our sins on the cross. He paid the price to make us “whole”. Jesus died for that purpose, to pay the price so that whatever was wrong “in” us would be made right in the eyes of God. When Jesus came back to life, (resurrection) that became the demonstration that His work was accepted by God the Father. Those who believe in this now have Eternal Life.
So we needed the work of Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me”. Cool stuff.
In essence, the Father has no known form. He is Eternal, He is distinct in Personality and He is Present in our lives and He drives the Purpose.
- Matthew 11:27 - All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
- Ephesians 3:10-19 - so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
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